Mark Roberts: Inventor Spotlight
Dr. Mark Roberts, Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Clemson University, studies functional polymers and carbon materials with unique electrochemical properties to address important challenges facing energy storage devices. Roberts received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University in 2002, where he studied the antimicrobial resistance of biofilms using theoretical methods. He graduated from Stanford University with M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 2005 and 2009 respectively, for his work on developing flexible and water-resistant organic electronic sensors. Prior to joining Clemson, Roberts worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Sandia National Labs, where he developed functional polymers to achieve a range of activity from fast-discharging batteries to CO2capture.
Dr. Roberts leads a research group at Clemson that focuses on tailoring the properties of polymers and carbon nanomaterials in order to understand how molecular structure and functionality influence electrochemical processes. Roberts has significantly impacted the research enterprise while training the next generation of researchers. His work has influenced the development of high-power and high-energy density batteries, electrolytes that make Li-ion batteries safer, and fast charging and discharge flow battery electrodes. He has graduated 4 Ph.D. students and many undergraduate honors students, and he has secured research funding from the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and 3M. He has co-authored 60 journal articles and book chapters and has been a lead inventor on 7 patents.
Roberts’ game-changing research and experience in his field has allowed him to equip the next generation of researchers with the knowledge and skills needed to impact the scientific community.
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